Richard Jenson

Boston College
Department of Mathematics
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3 806
(617) 552-3757

Associate Professor of Mathematics

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1969
M.A., University of Illinois in Chicago, 1971.
Ph.D., University of Illinois in Chicago, 1977.

Employmen t History:
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1977-1979, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, 1979, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1979-1983, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Associate Professor of Mathematics, 1983-present, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Administrative Positions:

  • Moderator 1986 - present, Boston College Faculty Microcomputer Resource Center.
  • Assistant Chairman, Boston College Department of Mathematics 1992 - 1995.
  • Lead Faculty Technology Coordinator for Carney B (English, Theology, and Mathematics Departments), 1993 - 2001.
  • Supervise Graduate Technology Assistant for Carney B, 1993 - 2001. Gasson 1994 - 2000.
  • Chairman, Boston College Department of Mathematics, 1995 - 2001.

  • Areas of Specialization:
    Computer Science, Combinatorics, Abstract Algebra.

    French , Russian.

    Professional Memberships:
    American Mathematical Society.
    Mathematical Association of America.
    Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
    Pi Mu Epsilon.
    Boston Computer Society.

    IRDL Grant Apri l 1989.
    Apple Challenge Grant Summer 1989.

    Major Publications:

    "A Double Circulant Presentation for Quadratic Residue Codes", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, March 1980, Volume IT - 26, pp. 223 - 227.

    "Information Sets as Permutation Cycles for Quadratic Residue Codes", International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, June 1982, 5:2, pp 403 - 406.

    Courses Taught:
    Calculus (Single and Multivariable), Linear Algebra, Finite Mathe matics, Discrete Mathematics, BASIC Programming, Pascal Programming, Assembly Language, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Applied Combinatorics, Automata and Computability, Modern Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Management Science/Decision Analysis.

    Adv ising Responsibilities:

  • Approximately 10 Freshpersons, 10 Mathematics majors and 10 Computer Science majors each semester.
  • As Assistant and Chairperson (1992-present) advised hundreds of undergraduates, especially placing incoming fres hpersons.
  • Became an ongoing Benjamin E. Mays mentor through the AHANA office in 1995 with a single protege.

  • Major Committee Assignments:
    University Faculty Compensation Committee.
    Instructional and Research Computing Subcommittee of the Committee for Strategic Planning for Computing and Communications
    Chaired subcommittee to develop Instructional Development Laboratory.
    Academic Technology Committee.
    College of Arts and Sciences Educational Policy Committ ee.
    Board of Chairs.
    Department Curriculum Committee.
    Computer Science Curriculum Committee.
    Social Committee.
    Supervisor to Graduate Students teaching MT 172-173.
    United Way coordinator.

    Programming Consultant for Research on Alzheimer's Disease at Tufts Medical Center.
    Occasional reviewing of text books and research articles.
    Proofing manuscripts for secondary mathematics texts / Brown Publishing Network.
    Electronic Mail Manager for faculty member s in Carney Hall.
    Computer Education Seminars for graduate students within the Mathematics Department and other for faculty of the University as a whole.

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    Last update: March 27, 2001